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Page 26 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 27 Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-214-0008 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! • Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs • General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites • State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! 2016 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 ORANGEPEDIATRICCARE.COM ORANGE PEDIATRIC CARE, P.C. Looking for Quality, Compassionate, Personalized Pediatric Care? Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician SCHEDULE YOUR PHYSICALS TODAY! Favorite HUDSON VALLEY PARENT Healthcare Professionals & 2016 "It's phenomenal. A great surface," he says of turf. "A lot of people think of the old Astro Turf which was like carpet on concrete." Parents do voice concerns about injuries, he says, and he'll take them out on the turf to experience the natural surface and the soft and bouncy feel. "Knee injuries are not as prevalent as on grass and turf gives the athlete the traction to recover better," Bellino says. Bellino says he hasn't had many questions from parents about the chemical composition or related questions about health concerns. He says the new generation of product is so much improved from older versions that it's here to stay and will only get better. The feedback on turf has "been great," Bellino says, adding that at least 80 percent of the main athletic fields in Dutchess County now use turf. Superior surface The enthusiasm for synthetic appears strong throughout the region. Greg Libertino is president of the Taconic Youth Football and Cheer, an organization that serves kids ages 7 to 14 years old in sever- al counties, including Dutchess. "I grew up playing on grass fields," he says. "It's all I ever knew." While the youth he works with generally play on grass, too, he knows the players look at turf fields as superior surfaces. "They see it on TV and it looks new and they know it's a true field," he says, adding that a true field is level with no hidden areas that might cause a twisted ankle. "Every one is the same, giving athletes confidence and consistency of play that the old grass fields can't provide." The turf trend continues Wappingers Central School District provides an example of a town in transition as turf proponents push forward. Recreation Director, Jessica Fulton, says the town still uses dirt and grass fields for the majority of sports. But change is coming as the school district plans to install two turf fields this summer, she says, and the interest in turf is strong. Some soccer teams that contract to use the town's recreational facilities have made it clear that, as Fulton puts it, a switch to turf "would not be unwelcome." Olivia L. Lawrence, a writer and editor for a news organization, occasionally freelances, and dabbles in fiction when it's not gardening season.

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